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E-book on making an End of Life Plan available
Oct 2, 2015

Martin Goldsworthy published the story about his planning all around the end of his life in an E-book, originating from Blog posts and discussions with his wife and children.
Short synopsis: Achieving a perfect end to our life is something we should think about, and before it is too late. Many people do not get close to achieving this ideal. This book presents the factors to be considered when you think about your own, inevitable death. The book’s objective is to help interested readers make their own

2014 Report from Washington Death With Dignity Act published
Oct 1, 2015

The Washington State Department of Health yesterday released the 2014 annual report on the implementation of the Washington Death with Dignity Act. The figures underscore not only that only a small number of people use the law, but also that the Washington Death with Dignity Act continues to work flawlessly and provides ease of mind and relief to Washingtonians facing the end of life. In 2014, 176 terminally ill Washington residents received a prescription under the Act to help hasten their death. This is a 2% increase over

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015
Oct 1, 2015

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter August 2015. Read it here.

One in ten New Zealand doctors admit assisting deaths
Oct 1, 2015

An Auckland University research, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, asked doctors about the last death they'd attended. Research suggests that GPs are hastening death of terminally ill patients.
Of 650 GPs who responded, 65 per cent reported they'd withdrawn treatment from a patient or alleviated pain in the probability it may hasten death; 16 per cent said they had actively withheld treatments so as not to prolong life and four per cent (16 doctors) reported prescribing a drug with the explicit purpose of hastening death.

GINA - a documentary on suffering
Oct 1, 2015

Two young Wellington (NZ) film makers Wendell and Jeremy produced a 3-min documentary about Gina, a 45 year old woman from Wellington, who has a genetic condition. She is in hospital level care in a rest home. She has been there for 5 years, bedridden. She lives in semi darkness, cannot talk and is extremely sensitive to sound. The specialist said her prognosis is that she won't recover and she may well live a long life.
And, she is of sound mind, loves chocolate and has a delightful sense of humour.

The Farewell Party
Oct 1, 2015

The FAREWELL PARTY is a jet-black comedy about friendship and saying goodbye. A group of friends in an old people's home in Jerusalem builds a machine with which you can commit euthanasia. They want to help a friend with a dignified end to his life. But as soon as the other residents get air of the existence of this machine,  a lot more people do want to make use of it. This presents the group of friends with an emotional dilemma. A "must see". The FAREWELL PARTY

Former UK Chief Prosecutor in favour of change of UK law
Oct 1, 2015

Sir Kier Starmer, formerly the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who is now a Labour MP, said the law "needs to be changed". He believes people must be helped to take their own lives without being forced to inconveniently travel to Switzerland in their final days. He said it is time politicians protected compassionate loved ones from prosecution by legalising assisted dying. He claimed that Crown Prosecution Service guidelines

European Court of Human Rights points at national Parliaments to change laws
Oct 1, 2015

An attempt to overturn the UK law on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia by appealing to the European court of human rights has failed. The Strasbourg court has rejected as inadmissible applications by Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony suffered from locked-in syndrome, and Paul Lamb, who was paralysed following a car crash.
The seven-judge panel on the ECHR unanimously dismissed Mrs Nicklinson's claim on the grounds that it was for the national parliament to decide on such a sensitive issue.

UK MP's reject law changes
Oct 1, 2015

Despite massive public support, MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a passionate debate, some argued the plans allowed a "dignified and peaceful death" while others said they were "totally unacceptable". Pro-assisted dying campaigners said the result showed

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 158
Oct 1, 2015

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 158; read the English summary here.

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